THE WORST! WILL NEVER USE AGAIN. I would rather pay more money at Whole Foods than go through this hassle with this scam company. I ordered something on their website and then I canceled it. I received a cancel confirmation from Vitacost that the money would be returned to me within 72 hours.
I called the next day to confirm, but was told that the order had already been shipped out!!! The guy noticed the cancellation e-mails and said he didn't understand why it was shipped out but he would contact UPS to have the package sent back to the warehouse and once it was received, I would get my refund in 72 hours.
I don't understand why their mistake of sending it out, even though it was confirmed as canceled, meant I have to wait for them to receive it back in order to get a refund, even though they should not have sent it out. I waited for the refund. Nothing. I called the next week. I was told it was still in route to the warehouse. Even though I called on the day it was sent out, it apparently took 2 weeks for Vitacost to "receive it back". After 2 weeks, I called and was told by 2 separate reps that I would be receiving my refund in 72 hours.
I searched my account the whole week and the week after - nothing! I called today - almost a month after the order was actually placed - and was put on hold 3 times, and for 30 minutes. I was told that it is not confirmed that it has been received back. Well, it's a good idea I got the UPS tracking number from the original rep because when I gave it to her, she said that it had actually been received but she couldn't confirm if I will get my refund or when! I told her she better confirm to me that I AM getting my refund, and then she said she'd talk to the refund dept about getting the refund.
I told her to quote the amount and she quoted it at 3 dollars less than what I paid. I am still waiting now nearly a month later for this refund, and have been given the runaround and lies. Even though I canceled it and was given a cancel confirmation, they still won't give me the refund. BUYERS BEWARE!
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA -- The website showed 25% off and Buy one get one 50% off. When I tried to order, the 25% off wasn't showing so I called customer service. They told me it was a mistake and referred me to the footer of the website which says, "Not responsible for typographical errors or misprints. Product availability, pricing, and promotions are subject to change without notice."
After asking to speak to a supervisor, I was again told the same thing. Only after asking for something in exchange for my wasted time was I offered a 5% off coupon code which wouldn't work on the product I wanted to order because it was a BOGO 50% off. That is whole reason I called Customer Service in the first place! The supervisor was fairly polite but she was unwilling to do anything to remedy the situation which was caused by their mistake. However, she was sure to inform me while we were on the phone that their mistake was fixed and the website no longer showed 25% off.
This is not the first time I've had issues with Vitacost. In the past they had sales that were expired still showing on their homepage and refused to honor them. I like Vitacost's products, but I will be looking for a more professional company to order from in the future, and one with better customer service.
BBB Accreditation Revoked!!! On 08/21/2013 this company's accreditation in BBB was revoked by BBB's Board of Directors due to failure to eliminate the underlying cause of complaints on file with the BBB.
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- I ordered some supplements via Vitacost 26/11/12. They shipped the box with the 'wrong' order value on the dispatch details, meaning I was charged import duty, where there shouldn't have been any. To reiterate, the value they put on the label outside was not what I paid (invoice), and didn't even match their own pick ticket sheet inside the box.
I did not accept the package as the purchase was specifically calculated not to trigger my countries (UK) import duties, i.e. under £15. I explained the issue and was told via email, that I would be given a refund if I sent a scan of the charge. I picked up the package and paid the duty. I then sent the scans, and customer support (surprise, surprise) refused my promised refund and denied any responsibility.
Customer service is terrible if you have a problem. Whether you're an international or domestic customer, there are better options. My next try will be with Swanson, considerably cheaper and you often get buy 1 get 1 free on many of the same products. One final thought, If they can lie as easily as they did, their customers truly mean nothing to them. Hope this helps.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- Regardless of my requests to stop receiving their frequent email offers, they still send them. I am calling the office after I send this to make sure my information is removed or changed to fake addresses - though I was able to get a good price per item the shipping and handling was expensive, and it took close to a 9 days to receive the items when they should have arrived 4 business days after the order was processed!
Overall the Tea Tree Toothpicks Minty Strength was significantly weaker than a box I bought at New Seasons two days after I ordered them, which leads me to believe they may have dried out sitting in a warehouse for some time before they were sent to me. I am very disappointed.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- I am received very poor customer service from Vitacost for the past few months. This includes lost orders, partial shipment, damaged shipment, very poor communication from the customer service dept. including long hold times, not coming to the phone at all!, unhelpful email responses from customer service, etc... the list goes on and on!!!
Jeff Horowitz is the CEO of Vitacost and the list of board of directors can be found on their website. It is really terrible that one would have to take measures this far because it can't be resolved at the customer service management level. However, after months of undue stress just to receive an complete, intact order or at least help from customer service, I'm not sure what one must do???
TEHACHAPI, CALIFORNIA -- From my cart I clicked on the "Check out with Paypal the safer, easier way to pay" link to complete my order. In Paypal I selected my card and specified my shipping address. I placed my order and Vitacost.com got my credit card number just fine, but did not care about getting the proper shipping address.
After seeing the mistake on the confirmation email, I had no way of canceling the order. My Vitacost.com account didn't even recognize that I had submitted an order. Vitacost.com customer service was closed, so I sent an email.
I got a reply, late the next day, to inform me that my order has already shipped and that Vitacost.com is sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused... My $65 worth of product is being shipped two states away!
After 16 minute phone call to Customer Service after work, I was given the option to had someone at the other address ship it to me and pay for that shipping. Or to wait for it to arrive, call customer service, wait and wait for someone to answer, get a return number, ship it back, wait for them to re-receive their products again, refund my account, and order that whole thing again. In that amount time, I will have already gone elsewhere for my purchases.
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- Refer a Friend - did that. Wait 'til you try to find your $10 credit! Is it in your account? No. Did you get an email? No. Called friend, "Did you place an order for more than $50?" "Yes, already using the products." Back to the website, after much search, many menu's down, another login on a different site, more clicks and there it is??? Almost...
Now claim it and then a message they will email a coupon for the $10. Hours later, no email, not in spam, call Vitacost. "It takes TWO or THREE DAYS" to get their email!!! "OK, I want to place an order now, can you speed it up?" Like everything else at Customer Service (???) the answer is NO.
I would suggest being extremely careful when dealing with these crooks. I have attempted several times to get them to set up a magazine they promised in one of their "deals" at their website, and they have not responded to ONE email, nor have they returned calls, the real pain, anytime you call to talk to a sales rep, no matter what time it is, they are always "busy" and the person on the other end states how they will relay the message to customer service person and they're updating their phone lines. They should "update" their people skills.
This was my first time to order from Vitacost but I did it because someone recommended some of the Vitacost brand products and offered me a 10$ off coupon. I completed my order and all the items were listed as "in stock." I then received an e-mail that my order had shipped, but at the bottom there was one item that was listed as "not shipped" and that it would be shipped later.
A few days later, I received a notice that my order was canceled. I fired off a quick e-mail complaining and asking why this item that was supposedly "in stock" was now suddenly just canceled. I received back a snippy, semi-apologetic e-mail from a customer service agent, informing me that it was the manufacturer who was out (this is a VITACOST brand product, they should know if it's in stock or not) and that I could sign up to be notified when it was back in stock. I wanted to order this when I had the coupon and when I had enough for free shipping, not later, when they supposedly have it in stock again... but how can I believe the website?
This was enough for me to rule this company out for any possible purchases but there was one more blow when my order arrived today and I discovered that they had not only removed the out of stock item, but they also magically made my 10$ discount disappear. I am so mad right now. Companies like this should not be in business. I will be going back to ordering from Super Supplements who are honest, have excellent customer service, have fast shipping and keep accurate stock reporting on their website.
LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- They may have low prices but I get a slew of deceptive and outright lying 'coupons' and 'codes' in my email and on their website. They refer to discount that are legalistically worded to suggest savings and discounts, and then when you are done with your purchase, you realize most of what you were lead to believe is EXCLUDED!
My latest experience was on the website it said $10 off on orders of $50 or more of Vitacost products...most people would assume that items bought on the website would qualify as this is Vitacost...but, no. You needed to purchase actual Vitacost 'BRANDED' products...of course their offer didn't state the word brand or branded...so after adding things to my order to hit over $50, it wouldn't take.
Assuming their Customer Service would apply the discount after the purchase, that it was a failure of the website, I made the purchase anyway. Of course their Customer Service said they meant Vitacost BRAND products even though their ad didn't say that...so for $10 they had about 4 agents message me that they wouldn't give me a discount.
I don't care what the prices are, when a website uses deceptive or borderline deceptive advertising practices to bump an order, and then spend voluminous amount of customer representative time to back up the deception, they have not only lost a customer, but gained someone who will spread the word about their deception and anti-customer practices.